Free course

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

Free statement of participation on completion

There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this freee course, Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models, is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the need to recognise and integrate a blend of cognitive styles and multiple intelligences as the basis for effective systems practice and thinking
  • recognise that the way we engage with the world is through partial models of reality, and that these models are limited by different cognitive styles and ‘traps’.